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May 17, 2024

City of Milton appears close to hiring Spears as next city manager

Barring a change of heart before Monday’s special called meeting, it appears Ed Spears has the support of the majority of the Milton City Council to be named the city’s manager in waiting. Nothing is official, but it appears the biggest talking point might be whether or not he will be given a 6-month probationary period or just the position outright without a trial period. 

May 14, 2024

Milton to discuss city manager position during special called meeting

The Milton City Council voted Tuesday night for a special called meeting regarding the future of the city manager position, which will include discussion on whether to place Assistant City Manager Ed Spears into a city manager-in waiting type position.

May 14, 2024

Liberty Church renovating Imogene Theatre, looking to open early fall

Imogene Theatre is getting a facelift. The historical landmark, which was purchased by Liberty Church in 2023, is currently being renovated to fulfill the church’s vision of creating a Milton campus.

Apr 19, 2024

Powell to replace Cusack on Milton’s finance committee

After removing Mike Cusack from its finance committee on April 9, the Milton City Council discussed naming a new council member as its financial liaison Thursday night.

Mar 11, 2024

Sheriff: Cosse’s Place owner sold stolen John Deere equipment

The owner of a popular Milton restaurant found himself behind bars after being arrested for allegedly selling stolen John Deere equipment in Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. Matas “Mike” Bernard Cosse, 52, who owns Cosse’s Place (5365 Stewart St.), is charged with six counts of public order crimes, six counts of forgery, five counts of dealing in stolen property, one count of fraud or swindle and one count of larceny.

Aug 11, 2023

Former detective who interrogated Ted Bundy speaks at Imogene Theatre

“The first thing I noticed were his eyes, he had steel, clear blue eyes.” Norm Chapman, a former Pensacola Police chief and detective, is probably best known for interrogating one of America’s most famous serial killers, Theodore Robert Bundy. Better known as Ted.

Jun 19, 2023

Firefighters use Shrimp Basket building for training

The sight of smoke along U.S. Highway 90 on Friday, June 9, wasn’t cause for alarm, according to a news release from the City of Milton; local firefighters were using the soon-to-be-demolished Shrimp Basket building for a commercial fire attack drill.

Mar 8, 2023

Medical Examiner’s Office negotiating funding plan for new facility in Milton

At the District One Medical Examiner Services (DOMES) board’s meeting in December, legislative funding for a new facility was a big topic of concern. Dan Schebler, director of operations for DOMES, proposed taking the interlocal agreement the counties had put to the wayside and bringing it forward to Northwest Florida’s legislators with a $3 million buy-in from each county as had been discussed in July 2022. Over the past couple of months since that meeting, the DOMES board has met monthly to try and hammer out a plan for the upcoming legislative session, which is set to begin March 7. The legislative session is important as DOMES is looking for matching state funding for a proposed facility in Santa Rosa County.

Sep 19, 2022

Milton Police Dept. responds to backyard shooting

On Sept. 18, at approximately 6:50 p.m., Milton Police Department officers responded to a suspicious person complaint in the 5500 block of Dogwood Drive in Milton.

Police found a man lying on the ground who was shot by a homeowner after allegedly charging the man. The man who was shot is in critical condition at an area hospital.


Aug 3, 2022

Two new restaurants coming to Milton

Milton residents will soon have more restaurant options.

Branch Properties, an Atlanta based real estate investment and development firm, announced two restaurants have joined Merganser Commons at Dogwood Estates, a Publix Super Markets-anchored development in Milton.

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